Tweet - "All three of my brothers served in the military. I know that our servicemembers and their families are smart, tough, and resourceful. But a strong military should act as a deterrent so that most of the time, we won't have to use it."
"All three of my brothers served in the military. I know that our servicemembers and their families are smart, tough, and resourceful. But a strong military should act as a deterrent so that most of the time, we won't have to use it."
"For nearly 2 decades, this country has been mired in a series of wars -- conflicts that sap American strength. The human costs of these wars has been staggering: more than 6,900 Americans killed, another 52k wounded. Many more who live every day with the invisible scars of war."
"Yes, we can -- and we we must -- continue to be vigilant about the threats of terrorism, whether from Afghanistan or anywhere else. But rather than fighting in an Afghan civil war, let's help them reach a realistic peace settlement that halts the violence and protects our security."
"Let's make sure that the three brave Americans killed in Afghanistan this week, including one who grew up in Boston, are the last Americans to lose their lives in this war. It's time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan -- starting now."
"Let's cut our bloated defense budget. The US will spend more than $700 billion on defense this year alone. That is more than President Reagan spent during the Cold War. If more money for the Pentagon could solve our security challenges, we would have solved them by now."
"How do we responsibly cut back? We can start by ending the stranglehold of defense contractors on our military policy. It's clear that the Pentagon is captured by defense contractors -- and taxpayers are picking up the bill."
".@realDonaldTrump has refused to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia in part because he's more interested in appeasing defense contractors than holding the Saudis accountable for murdering a @washingtonpost journalist or for the thousands of Yemeni civilians killed by those weapons."
"The defense industry will inevitably have a seat at the table -- but they shouldn't get to own the table. US security and values should come ahead of the profit margins of private companies."
"It is time to identify which programs actually benefit American security in the 21st century, and which merely line the pockets of defense contractors. Then pull out a sharp knife and make some cuts."
"America should also be reinvesting in diplomacy. Foreign policy shouldn't be run exclusively by the Pentagon. Yes, we should expect our partners to pay their fair share. But diplomacy isn't about charity; it's about advancing US interests."
"Let me propose three core nuclear security principles:
1. No new nuclear weapons.
2. More international arms control, not less.
3. No first use."